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Close Encounter with Elephant Seals

Close Encounter with Elephant Seals
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-04 16:44
Viewed: 2291
Points: 10
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About a mile down from the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon, CA, we saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road, with lots of people milling around. So we pulled over, and we were rewarded with a rare sight: Dozens of young elephant seals frolicking in the water in a slough.
An adult male grows to 14 to 16 feet long, and weigh in between 3000 and 5000 pounds. These were juveniles, so not yet full grown, but they were still very big... and they were very active, making their grunting sounds. They were as curious about us as we were about them and swam right up under our nose.
It was definitely the closest I have ever been to these fascinating marine mammals. Truly a special moment.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-05 3:37]

Hi Manyee,a very lucky meeting with the elephant seals,and you caught in the best way this rare opportunity,magnificent close up,rich composition and very good quality too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Very cute and looks calm.Natural colour.

What a fun encounter ManYee! I would've love to have been there to experience that. You captured a very fun image of the trio. :)

Hello Manyee - Very beautiful animal this Elephant Seal. Although I haven't seen them in their natural habitat. Nice to see here in TN. Well captured. Nice colour and good sharpness. I like their eyes too. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-07 18:53]

Hello Manyee,
What a fine looking trio of Elephant Seals you have presented to us. The detail is awesome and the colors true and natural. I love the great eye contact you managed to capture and the framing is perfect. A pleasure to view such an eye catching moment in the lives of these beautiful creatures. Well done!!

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